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While I was getting my hair done last week at the salon, I glanced down at the feet of the girl sitting next to me and spied a glossy black pair of authentic Valentino Rockstud rain boots. It was a gray rainy day (of course it would rain the one day I'm getting a blow-out) and those boots really stood out! I started hunting for a look for less, and found a near identical dupe at Nasty Gal. Rain boots aren't just for springtime, and they don't have to be an afterthought in your closet or something that ruins an otherwise chic outfit. If you want rain boots with a stylish edge, check out these two finds:
If you're looking for a stylish storage solution, then you'll love Colonial Mills baskets. These durable braided storage bins are made in the USA and the company is based in Rhode Island. They're not cheap but I think you definitely get what you pay for in this case - I requested one for my birthday and I'm obsessed (if one can be obsessed with a storage basket?!) I now have two bins by this brand to store my tots toys and they're functional and not an eye sore in my living room (which doubles as the playroom in our small home).
Colonial Mills baskets come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Here's one in gray that's 24 by 14-inch at AMAZON.COM for $87:
Threshold's decorative rope basket is a good look for less, but note that it's significantly smaller. This one is $19.99 at TARGET.COM:
Here's how it looks in real life:
I've also spotted Colonial Mills baskets at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and GILT.COM (just search for "Colonial Mills" - I see 86 products come up!) I think this timeless style can work with a variety of decors, from classic to contemporary, in any area of your home!
Dior's "Mise En Dior" Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings retail for approximately $400. I'm a bit late to the knock-off game on these because apparently they've been so popular that Dior raised the initial price of $290 to $400 since everyone's been scooping them up. I'd been admiring them on Jennifer Lawrence in the fall 2014 Dior ad campaigns:
And on Rihanna who wore them with an all-pink Dior ensemble - girly with an edge:
The moment I spied these Pearl 360 earrings on BAUBLEBAR.COM, I scooped them up! I will post a pic to Instagram soon. Available in a variety of colors for $28:
Shame on me, because I later stumbled upon these Apt. 9 pear-back earrings for just $7.90 at KOHLS.COM. Hopefully the Baublebar pair will be better quality although I can't say they feel super solid. I wore them for half a day so far and no skin irritation, so that's a plus!
A new season, a new Rag & Bone "Harrow" lookalike! While the original style has serious staying power, the $525 pricetag is prohibitive for most of us. Forever 21 comes to the rescue with a stylish look for less. Wear these distinct yet versatile ankle boots with everything from skinny jeans to skirts this fall.